Sour Apple, by Jerzy Szyłak, Joanna Karpowicz (Illustrator)

19 May
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Four STARS

Sour Apple is a graphic novel about a husband who beats his wife, there’s no polite way to put it – or there’s no polite way that should be used. It’s a graphic story, there are graphic pictures. Catholicism is an ever present background character. If these subjects are triggers for anyone, beware.

There is a dark twist toward the end, one that I gleefully absorbed with only a small voice in the back of my head wondering if I *should* be enjoying it… but alas, the twist was a trick and the story ends (or continues) as most abusive relationships do.

How do you rate a book like this? It is a graphic novel depicting a battered wife, with only a few insights into her mind. It’s a story that’s been told before, it’s a story that will never be told enough until there are no more stories like this. Perhaps if a battered wife happens to pick up this book and sees herself in the pages, actually SEES the illustrations of her life, perhaps that will have a positive effect on someone. So for that, and for the pure dark enjoyment I got from the short twist in the story, I will give this 4 stars.

Thank you to NetGalley for giving me the chance to review this book.

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